Record Review: Erroll Garner “The Complete Concert By The Sea”

Sixty years ago today, explosively melodic jazz pianist Erroll Garner lit a fire in a Carmel By The Sea, Calif.,

Essential New Music: Thee Oh Sees’ “Mutilator Defeated At Last”

I have no doubt that John Dwyer and the occasionally rotating crew of musicians he calls Thee Oh Sees are




Essential New Music: Ryan Adams’ “Live At Carnegie Hall”

According to William Blake, “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom … you never know what is



Essential New Music: Kinski’s “7 (Or 8)”

Continuing their film-buff aesthetic (band moniker plus the director their side project Herzog is named for—look it up if necessary)

Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke’s “Simple Songs”

It’s not as if Jim O’Rourke made easily digestible vocal records when he was part of the indie-avant pop milieu

Essential New Music: Mates Of State’s “You’re Going To Make It”

The pleasantly cacophonous joy of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel is the unpredictable blessing and occasional curse of Mates Of

Essential New Music: Evan Caminiti’s “Meridian”

Evan Caminiti’s main gig is Barn Owl, a duo in which he helps concoct desert-scorched drones that are pierced by



Essential New Music: Major Lazer’s “Peace Is The Mission”

With the promise of several new Major Lazer albums immediately following this, Peace Is The Mission is an opening salvo

Essential New Music: Joanna Gruesome’s “Peanut Butter”

The Welsh quintet’s second release goes down as easy as a mixtape on a ’90s spring day. Clocking in at

Essential New Music: Jamie xx’s “In Colour”

Better known to his mother as Jamie Smith, Jamie xx is essentially the one-man backline for London beat alchemists and

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Essential New Music: Hot Chip’s “Why Make Sense?”

In Our Heads, Hot Chip’s last album, was a masterpiece: an ecstatic, heart-surging testament to the intertwined power of music,

Essential New Music: Leonard Cohen’s “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour”

Drawn from Leonard Cohen’s Herculean world tour of 2012-’13, this rather humbly titled live disc feels like just that—a postcard,

Essential New Music: FFS’ “FFS”

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks want to pump you up The idea of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks together in the studio is

Essential New Music: Sharon Van Etten’s “I Don’t Want To Let You Down”

One of Sharon Van Etten’s talents has always been her ability to make something seem bigger than it actually is.

Essential New Music: The Space Merchants’ “The Space Merchants”

This Brooklyn band refers to itself as “a country band travelling through space” or, when feeling particularly pretentious, “Johnny Cash